Retail Roadtrip Recap part 1

Happy New Year! Between Facebook, Instagram and the blog, I share images from the stores we visit each year, but this past year was so busy that I seem to have an especially large cache of visual merchandising pictures, so I’ll spend the next few blog posts sharing some of my favorites.

Red Rooster Boerne Retail Details visual merchandising Becky Tyre

Red Rooster Boerne, Texas

What a pleasant surprise! I knew Boerne had enough independent stores to warrant a day trip during our Texas retail road trip, but I could have spent several days in this charming town. I had followed Red Rooster for quite a while on social media and the merchandising was just as lovely as in their posts. I wish I could have returned in November to see the store transformed into a holiday wonderland. (Check out their FB page and IG feed to see what I mean.)

Woodstock, Vermont:

Vermont Flannel Woodstock visual merchandising retail details Becky Tyre

Vermont Flannel in Woodstock, VT

A family trip to Vermont in October was a treat beyond words. The fall foliage was spectacular and we stayed a few extra days to “work” and visited stores in Burlington, Stowe, Windsor, Quechee, Waterbury and Woodstock. Loran (the official Retail Details photographer) and I took over 1000 pictures between us. One of his favorite stores was The Vermont Flannel Co. 


Retail Details visual merchandising retail road trip Becky Tyre

Busy Bee in Live Oak, Florida

Most of our retail road trips begin on a plane, but I decided to explore my home state of Florida a bit more in 2017. I forgot how long it takes to drive the length of Florida as we headed towards some beach towns in the panhandle. On the way, a friend suggested I check out the Busy Bee truck stop in Live Oak and I was impressed with the variety and selection of gifts and souvenirs in their flagship store. I heard it was cited best truck stop in the USA, but after visiting Bucees in Texas a few months later, I think they may have some competition for that distinction.

Inlet Beach, Florida:

Outpost Inlet Beach Seaside 30A retail details roadtrip visual merchandising Becky Tyre

Outpost in Inlet Beach, Florida

One of the first stops in the FL Panhandle was a new plaza on 30A in Inlet Beach to visit Mingle, a new store I discovered on Instagram. I reached out in advance to owner, Rebecca for suggestions of other local shops worthy of a peek. (Small business owners are so generous to share suggestions for our trips!) She suggested Outpost, a lovely shop just across the way from hers. A lovely mix of home decor, gifts and apparel, the owners designed the shop to perfectly capture a seaside sophistication vibe. Note: Yes, we made it to Mingle and I’ll share pics from there soon.

Margaretville, New York:

Home Goods of Margaretville NY retail road trip visual merchandising retail details

Home Goods of Margaretville, NY

A final image for this post is actually a repeat retail visit. I had been to Home Goods of Margaretville right after Christmas in 2016, so I was curious to see how different the stores in the Catskills are during the summer wedding season versus winter ski season. The local specialty food items were a favorite on this trip!

That’s all for now, but I’ll share more soon. Meanwhile, follow along on Instagram and Facebook and if you are attending Dallas Market Center or NY NOW for winter gift shows, check out my seminars and panels.

Stay display inspired! ~Becky Tyre



Retail Roadtrip Atlanta, GA part two

We have been fortunate to visit Atlanta several times of late. This post is part two of three, celebrating the retail revival happening in Hotlanta right now! (To view part one, click here.)

Ponce City Market Atlanta Georgia

Ponce City Market. 

Formerly a Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center and the largest brick building in the Southeastern United States, Ponce City Market is a historic ten story, 2.1 million square foot structure. The building is being restored as a mixed-use development with offices, retail and residential spaces.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA

As you enter from the parking garage, you pass through an original freight elevator. We applaud the developers’ efforts to stay true to the history of the building.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA

Retail areas include interior and exterior entrances. It’s almost impossible to distinguish old from new, as the industrial theme continues throughout.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA


The interior is vast with columns at every turn.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA


Bellina Alimentari Market made the best of the columns for display space, constructing custom shelves that wrap around just inside the entrance from the food hall.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA Bellina


Williams-Sonoma embraced the columns in their visual merchandising, as well:

Ponce City Market Atlanta Williams-Sonoma store display


In an interesting visual twist, one wall of the Williams-Sonoma shop is actually an interior window, that looks right into a neighboring restaurant:

Ponce City Market Williams Sonoma Atlanta



Ponce City Market West Elm Atlanta

Bold textures were a theme at West Elm; in-store, above, and in the store windows, below.

Ponce City Market West Elm store window ATL visual merchandising

One of my favorite display surprises, were these “vinyl” shingles on the roof:

Ponce City Market West Elm Atlanta


ANTHROPOLOGIE – The store displays at Anthro, never disappoint. Sometimes the simplicity is stunningly effective:

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta

And, sometimes the complexity of the logistics have us looking very close…

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta, GA

But always intriguing, Anthropologie’s display design teams are some of the most talented in the retail visual merchandising business!

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta, GA

Here’s another view of the Anthro table:

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta, GA

Stay tuned for part 3 of the Atlanta Retail Roadtrip, with much more from Ponce City Market…

Ponce City Market Atlanta Georgia

I’ll be in NYC at the end of the month, presenting a seminar about retail trends at NY NOW on January 31, 2016. I’d love to meet you if you are at the show!

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Store displays, creative fixtures and fun!

Visual merchandising is the activity and profession of creating three-dimensional displays in order to maximize sales and catch the attention of consumers. Good store displays mix the creativity of design with the science of sales. Unique store displays set a tone for the style of a store. Mix it up with fun or elegant themes and most of all, STAY DISPLAY INSPIRED! Retail Details blog: for your display inspiration pleasure…

retail details blog, store display ideas, visual merchandising blog, polished hands salonAltered tables become display shelves for an odd shaped, narrow wall at Polished Hands Salon in Taylorsville, NC. Painted in fun colors, the shelves create a whimsical wall. Alternative ideas: use dark wood piano benches for an elegant shoe display or use picnic benches mounted as shelves for a rugged men’s display or use butcher block tables for a housewares display.

The Retail Details staff visits hundreds of stores every year. Early March found us in Northeast Florida and we found ourselves in Jacksonville for the season-opener of the Riverside Arts Market. After a lovely lunch at the European Street Cafe, we strolled the Shoppes of Avondale.

store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail details blog, green man gourmetStop 1: Green Man Gourmet. Owners, Pete and David created an incredible retail environment to showcase spices, wines, olive oils and some amazing smoked salts. By mixing reclaimed woods with metal accents they created shelves along the walls and a large tasting station bar that serves as a focal point when you enter the store.

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Fixture alert! The metal racks, curved to fit on the side of display barrels are perfect for displaying wine bottles.

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hobbie horse, retail details blog, store displays, visual merchandisingThe Easter display windows at The Hobbie Horse make me miss my days in children’s retail. Fun and playful.

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St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest city and boasts over 100 locally owned, independent, eclectic stores located along historic cobblestone streets. Many shops take advantage of the beautiful weather to expand their selling space to the charming front porches and courtyards.

store display ideas, retail blog, artifact, visual merchandising, retail detailsI stumbled on this cute little rolling fixture just outside Artifact. It is made from pipes mounted on a skateboard and is the perfect height for displaying tank tops. It would be SO CUTE in a kid’s display, as well. Artifact carries many locally produced items and organic apparel.

retail details blog, store display ideas, visual merchandising, retail blog, cottage gardenDon’t you just love the screen doors and red bike in this courtyard display at Cottage Garden in St Augustine?

As always, thanks for reading the Retail Details blog and I hope you are inspired to create some fun displays in your shop! Click on the about tab to locate the email to submit store photos for consideration for use in the blog. Also, join us on facebook at, see more display ideas on pinterest and you can read my display inspiration articles and trend reports in GIFT SHOP Magazine.

Display. Sell. Repeat.

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing~Becky